Alexa Schmidt is the Program Manager for Mercy Corps' Technology for Development department. The program she manages, Technology for Impact, aims to build new partnerships, develop better processes, and experiment with innovative tools to deliver aid faster, more efficiently, and to more people. A year and a half into the program, it has reached over 2 million people with information dissemination activities, WiFi access, and improved beneficiary registration systems. She previously worked with Mercy Corps' Middle East department doing grant management for the European migrant response, Syria, and Yemen portfolios. Prior to her international development career, Alexa worked in refugee resettlement in the U.S., where she helped school districts and local resettlement agencies integrate refugee youth into the U.S. school system. Alexa has lived and worked in Bangladesh on a Fulbright Scholarship and completed her MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford with a focus on access to higher education for refugees.
Technology for Impact Program Manager, Mercy Corps
May 10 - 8:30 am to 5:15 pm